About JonRault
Joined December 2017
Hi, Thanks for checking out my profile.

I'm Jon and I currently live on a tiny Island off the northern coast of France.

I first heard about affiliate marketing back in 2007. Back then I had just graduated with a degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology but was struggling to find paid employment as an ecologist. As my chosen career remained elusive I decided to indulge my passion for travel, and I wound up spending most of my twenties undertaking various adventures around the globe.

The first time I heard about affiliate marketing I remember being really excited about the prospect of making money online as a digital nomad. While travelling, working and volunteering, I invested a great deal of time and effort learning many of the numerous skills that you need to make money online.

I admit that it was a struggle early on, but by trial and improvement I eventually found my feet and started making some money.

Of the countless mistakes that I made when starting out, probably the two biggest were not finding the right balance between passion and profitability when choosing a niche, and spreading myself too thinly across too many projects.

As time went on it became clear that I had no enthusiasm whatsoever for the niches that were bringing in the most money. At the other end of the spectrum, I just couldn't figure out how to monetize the projects that excited me the most.

In addition, I was becoming increasingly disillusioned with the SEO trends of the day, which included 'spinning' articles and using software to submit them to hundreds of article directories in order to acquire backlinks. Thankfully Google eventually put a stop to all that with a couple of timely algorithm updates.

Then came a rather drastic change in circumstances.

I returned to the UK from a trip volunteering on a Marine ecology research station in Asia feeling pretty fed up with affiliate marketing. I got to the point where I just didn't see the point in continuing to devote my time and energy to promoting the sort of products that were selling well on my websites.

I was of course grateful to have the freedom to earn money online from anywhere in the world, but I wanted more from life. I wanted to feel like my daily efforts were worth something to the world.

So, I was already planning a major overhaul of my business when I stumbled across a job advert for a nature conservation charity. I applied for the role and was fortunate enough that they took a chance on me and offered me the job.

I have worked there for over 8 years now and find my role incredibly fulfilling in so many ways. A few years in to the role I decided to study part-time for a masters degree (MSc) while continuing to work. This heavily impacted upon my time, leading me to scale my affiliate marketing business right back. I am pleased to say that I graduated last year with distinction.

I absolutely love my job and get so much from it, but working in the charity sector is not all roses. I do struggle financially as wages are relatively low in the wildlife conservation sector. Now that the MSc course is complete I have decided to give affiliate marketing another go in order to improve my financial situation.

Only this time I am going to approach it the right way and hopefully set myself up for long-term success.

I will be focusing most of my efforts on two niche websites for which I have a real passion. The goal is to develop these in to authority sites. The reason for having two websites is that in my experience its important to diversify, but its also important not to spread yourself too thinly. In the event that something catastrophic happens to one of the sites, I have another.

First and foremost I want to truly serve my audience and help them. I will of course be promoting a small number of specially selected products and services, but only those that are in line with my ethics and values, and that I truly think will help people achieve their goals.

Outside of internet marketing I am extremely passionate about the natural world, and have a deep love of travel and adventure. I enjoy a wide variety of adventure sports, especially SCUBA diving, snowboarding, bodyboarding, longboarding, kayaking, hiking, photography and pretty much anything outdoors that involves connecting with nature. I have also developed a strong interest in philosophy of late, particularly stoicism and secular dharma.

I look forward to getting to know you all and following your journeys in the weeks, months and years ahead.

Pura vida

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Money I would be happy earning
$40000 p/y
Money I would be ecstatic earning
Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
Currently I can only allocate around 10 hours per week
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How much money would you be happy earning?
$40000 p/y

How much would you be ecstatic earning?

And how much time are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
Currently I can only allocate around 10 hours per week
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Your goals are great for achieving. What is your currency? I believe that you are being more realistic than others on the amount of time you have to invest.

Good luck and I look forward to seeing your progress.

DLansing Premium
Nothing is impossible if we put our mind into it!
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Jon and Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate.
Since you've been here and with your previous online experience you will perhaps have come to the conclusion that internet marketing can be a steep learning curve.
Now you must keep up with the training and if you do get stuck on anything then can I suggest you browse some of the 390+ blogs I have published within WA.
You have decided to follow me and I will follow you as well.
Robert Allan
JonRault Premium
Hi Robert, thanks for following me back.
I will be sure to check out your blog posts.
All the best.
Robert-A Premium
No probs and by the way You may not be aware of this but it’s a good idea (only if you want to) to click the 'Like' icon within a comment if you like it as I have done with yours.
Obviously you don't have to click every single comment or you will be here all day doing nothing but.
But to click the ones you like that are replies to your own comments will be reflected in your WA ranking because it shows you are getting involved with the community.
Enjoy your day.
JonRault Premium
Thanks for the tip Robert.

I am not all that bothered about my WA ranking to be perfectly honest, but I agree that when coming across helpful content liking it is the right thing to do. I will endeavor to bare this in mind going forward.

Have a great weekend.
Robert-A Premium
No probs Jon and don't worry about it.
A lot of members don't simply because they concentrate on why they are here and that is to learn how to earn an income from the internet.
This is as it should be because at the end of the day no matter what your rank is, it wont make you a penny.

You do what's best for you.

Enjoy your weekend to come.
VeronicasLuv Premium

You shared a great quote on someone's post about 2 weeks ago, and I thought a man of such wisdom is one worthy of being followed, lol.

I'm always curious to know how people were able to travel so extensively 10 or 20 years ago. Yo look like you could pass for Prince Harry, so maybe that got you into a lot of places for free, lol.

I bet you have a great deal of knowledge to pass on to others with 10 years of experience doing business online. Looking forward to the connection, Jon.
JonRault Premium
Hi Veronica, thanks for the follow.

Ha ha ha im not sure about wisdom but I do love a good quote.

I have always lived a simple life so, with a bit of couch surfing, living in vans etc, I have been fortunate enough to have been able to save up for trips abroad. As a qualified PADI Divemaster holding a degree in Marine and Coastal Ecology I also work during many of these trips in dive centers and do some volunteering.

Looking forward to getting to know over the coming months.

All the best
Nicky33 Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate :)

What an interesting bio! I am also passionate about traveling and freedom! But I've fallen into the same traps as you... more time spent daydreaming about my location independence lifestyle and earning money online than actually doing the work to get me there!

It must be very rewarding that you've finally found a job in something you believe in and love so much. Good luck with your online endeavors onward, we're definitely in the right place to learn everything we need about creating a website and sticking with it until it becomes successful.

That's the approach I'm taking now, and in the future I will dabble into more niches I'm passionate about :)

You'll find the community here, besides the excellent training, is what sets Wealthy Affiliate apart from any other online university. So many people willing to help and constant support, even from the founders themselves!

Happy learning and best wishes.
JonRault Premium
Thanks for the follow and the good wishes Nicky. I am very much enjoying the WA community spirit and completely agree that it sets it apart from the other affiliate marketing communities that I have been a part of in the past.

I see from your bio that you are living a life full of adventure. Its a pleasure to have made your acquaintance and I wish you every success.
boomergp08 Premium
Thank you for the follow and many blessings to you here at WA. As a Premium Member you are now in the process of creating content for your affiliate marketing website.

It is important to fully understand how you should go about creating that content that will produce high Google rankings. Using low competition keywords is only a small part of the process.

Google has a set of guidelines for people creating content on their affiliate marketing websites. They do not like affiliate sites that are heavy on the selling and light on the help.

Though this may not occur to you in the beginning of your affiliate marketing journey, offering help instead of selling to your website visitors will yield more sales.

When you have some time, read the brief training at the link below which will explain Google's guidelines in a more simplistic way. When you help instead of sell, you will see better results.
Jacqip7 Premium
Congratulations on going Premium... You are in the best place to learn all you need to be successful in your online Business.

This community has I thing in common... We all want each other to be successful and are willing to help.

Blessings to you and your journey to success!

JonRault Premium
thank you